Lord advocate
Advocate Ad"vo*cate, n. [OE. avocat, avocet, OF. avocat, fr. L. advocatus, one summoned or called to another; properly the p. p. of advocare to call to, call to one's aid; ad + vocare to call. See {Advowee}, {Avowee}, {Vocal}.] 1. One who pleads the cause of another. Specifically: One who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court; a counselor. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the English and American Law, advocate is the same as ``counsel,'' ``counselor,'' or ``barrister.'' In the civil and ecclesiastical courts, the term signifies the same as ``counsel'' at the common law. [1913 Webster]

2. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses any cause by argument; a pleader; as, an advocate of free trade, an advocate of truth. [1913 Webster]

3. Christ, considered as an intercessor. [1913 Webster]

We have an Advocate with the Father. --1 John ii. 1. [1913 Webster]

{Faculty of advocates} (Scot.), the Scottish bar in Edinburgh.

{Lord advocate} (Scot.), the public prosecutor of crimes, and principal crown lawyer.

{Judge advocate}. See under {Judge}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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